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Word of the Day: wily

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: marked by skill in deception

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The word wily has appeared in 59 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on April 1 in “The Lockdown Gave My Parents a Honeymoon Do-Over” by Keema Waterfield:

C.A. had never shared space with young people before us and had a cat’s distaste for any change in his environment. We brought chaos and noise to his well-ordered life, upending a careful balance I couldn’t see at the time. I was a careless dishwasher and a laundry spendthrift, oblivious to the expense of each laundromat visit. We were deeply poor in the way of hippies who value experience over material goods, and I was a tight budget’s nightmare.

It never occurred to me to offer him a little generosity of spirit back then. Instead, I made sure he knew I’d had my fill of dads and that my wily heart was a Mad Lib he’d never decipher. Our constant battles wore Mom down to pencil shavings. My sister, Tekla Waterfield, was more of a choose-your-own-adventure kid. She usually chose peace.

Can you correctly use the word wily in a sentence?

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